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Sri Siam

12843 Vanowen St.
North Hollywood, CA 91605
818-982-6262
Sri Siam

Photo by Anne Fishbein

Details

  • Daily 11am-10pm
  • $$
  • Delivery, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly
  • Dinner, Lunch
  • No Alcohol
  • Parking Lot Available
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Not Necessary
A mile south of the more glamorous precincts of North Hollywood's Thai Town, in a mini-mall populated by tattooed young men with shaved heads and 16-inch biceps, Sri Siam may be one of the least promising restaurants on the planet - a dingy storefront that looks every one of its 23 years. The menu is dense with banal stir-fries and curries. You have to bring in your own beer. But connoisseurs of Thai cooking have always revered Sri Siam, which served dishes from northern and northeastern Thailand at a time when regional Thai cooking was all but unknown in Los Angeles, and where it was possible for non-Thais to order, say, green-papaya salad or boat noodles amped up to Bangkok levels of spiciness without having to grovel for more than a minute or two. Listed on the menu as o-lou is a sort of crunchy, fried rice-batter pancake stuffed with shrimp and layered over a bed of sautéed bean sprouts - a wonderful dish. Also, the golden, crunchy fried trout served with spicy slivered-apple salad is legendary.

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